WIAW: Baking from The Paleo Kitchen

***I haven’t been blogging as much because I’d rather be posting on my blog in the making. It should be ready this weekend for sure!

Hello everyone! I’m linking up today for What I Ate Wednesday!

Peas and Crayons

This past week on Thursday I got my wisdom teeth out. That meant I was out of commission for working for my Dad. I got The Paleo Kitchen for my birthday and had yet to try out any recipes so this week was the time to whip up some recipes. I tried the Fluffly Blueberry Pancakes & the Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread.

 

 

 

 

wiaw july 2 paleo kitchen

Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes

I made these pancakes one morning for breakfast for my family. We fell in love! I do have to admit that they were not 100% Paleo because I had to use whole wheat flour since we didn’t have tapioca flour.

Regardless, these “almost” Paleo pancakes tasted just like a fluffy batch of whole wheat pancakes. These have coconut flour in them and y’all know my battles with coconut flour and honestly I still loved them. Y’all definitely have to try this recipe out!

WIAW Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes

Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

Later that afternoon I got a little bored and decided to try the next recipe on my “to-try” list. Once again coconut flour was a starring ingredient. I had all the other ingredients on hand at home so this is a true Paleo treat!

WIAW Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

I love this Banana Bread. I think it may take some slight getting used to, but I’ve been eating it all week and enjoy it even more every time. It’s dense and moist and full of banana flavor with some chocolate swirled in. My mom and sister also loved this bread so I’ll be making it again!

I’ve been enjoying a slice topped with some cookie butter. It may not be the healthiest way to eat it, but it sure as heck tastes good.WIAW slice Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread

Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

For my last meal before heading back to college on Sunday my mom made me some enchiladas for lunch. Evidently these are in no way Paleo. My mom found the recipe off Pinterest. Enchiladas is one of my favorite meals and I always request some while I’m at home.

My Mom used some Green Chile sauce that was evidently quite chunky and made the enchiladas pretty hot. She made flat enchiladas instead of rolled so there was another stack of tortillas that we got into before I remembered to take a picture.WIAW Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

While eating these I was wishing my wisdom teeth were already healed because I would have eaten a lot more than I did! I think this is a recipe that we’ll be coming back to!

That’s all I’m going to include for today. I’m starting student teaching this week so lunch has been pretty boring as in peanut butter and honey sandwiches and carrots. Which is delicious if you ask me.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

What is something you baked lately? Any recipes you’re wanting to try?

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WIAW #3: Coconut Flour is Weird

It’s Wed. Nes. Day. So what does that mean? I’m linking up with Peas & Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday!

I woke up this morning craving a bowl of oatmeal and couldn’t convince my mind that something else might sound better. So right now I’m currently eating a bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter, strawberries, bananas, topped with cinnamon and honey.

WIAW jun 18 oatmeal

Now let’s see what else has graced my plate these last few days. Let’s start with more breakfast food.

WIAW 2 Jun 18Left: Tuesday morning I made protein pancakes for my breakfast. Once again I had some issues with the shape not looking like a normal pancake. They weren’t as bad as my continental pancakes, but still they weren’t pretty. This one is alright, but the second one…well there’s a reason it’s not pictured.

Right: I made some Paleo Pancakes with coconut flour. I wish I could say they were the best pancakes ever, but that coconut flour is a bit weird. My pancakes kind of tasted like those powdered donuts you get at a convenience store and I’m not a fan of those. They were also kind of dry. Next time I may try to use less coconut flour and add something in to moisten them up more like a banana.

WIAW 4 Jun 18Left: My Mom cooked dinner for my family, my grandpa, and my sister’s boyfriend the other night. We had smoked pork chops, baked potato, and a lettuce wedge. Those smoked porch chops were sooo good! I didn’t even have to break out the Heinz 57!

Right: After church on Father’s Day we went to a local favorite Mexican food restaurant. After devouring some chips and salsa, my enchiladas arrived. I ordered chicken enchiladas with green sauce and no cheese. I didn’t even miss the cheese. They were just as delicious without it! I’m still trying not to eat dairy for the sake of my complexion, but I’m honestly doing an awful job at avoiding it.

WIAW 1 Jun 18 Bowls of fruit have been an after lunch or dinner favorite lately. Lately I’ve been adding a spoonful of cool whip to sweeten things up. Most of the time it’s unnecessary, but when you have some really bitter blackberries it’s a lifesaver. And notice in the red bowl on the right there is a tiny slice of pound cake. Don’t ever take your first bite of pound cake. It’s pretty hard to resist.

WIAW 5 Jun 18Left: I had oatmeal for breakfast with a side of coffee. My coffee consumption is either off or on. I usually have a cup, but sometimes I can’t even drink half of it before it makes my stomach feel not-so-pleasant. I’m not sure if it’s the creamer or the coffee, but I need to start drinking some form of a replacement.

Right: Yesterday for lunch I had a almond butter and jelly sandwich on wheat bread. You really can never go wrong with a sandwich like that. I also had some of the chopped salad my mom made the night before. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the chopped salad. It was a lot easier for me to eat this salad than normal ones.

WIAW 5 Jun 17Right: Sunday afternoon my mom and I were craving something chocolatey with a milkshake taste. I made us some coffee shakes that were semi-healthy. Until I put whip cream on top and some chocolate syrup. We both concluded that they tasted better when the ice had melted a bit.

Left: Quest bars have been making an appearance every now and then as a snack. I had this cookie dough bar while I was driving the tractor the other afternoon. I love Quest bars. I need more of those in my life. Pronto.

Have you used coconut flour before? What is one of your favorite things you’ve eaten lately?

 

Summer 2014 Goals

Summer. Images of sunshine, tan lines, and iced coffee fill my mind. Entering the beginning of my summer break I always have lofty hopes and plans for what I want to do and accomplish during this time. So I’m sharing my goals for summer on the blog today!

1. Try Crossfit

I’ve been itching to give Crossfit a try for 2 years now! I live in a pretty small town, so before there weren’t many places to do Crossfit. Now there are a few gym options that I’d like to try out and hopefully fall in love with to do Crossfit this summer.

2. Give Paleo another shot

Over Christmas break my Mom and I decided to try eating Paleo. Well it worked well for a few days and for a couple of meals, but basically we failed at it. I’d like to really try to do Paleo again and I think I can if I set my mind to it and be disciplined about it. Of course I won’t eat Paleo all the time, but I’d like to eat with the Paleo rules in the back of my mind.

3. Grow my blog

I really want to focus on really taking my blog to new levels. I want to blog consistently. I want to make a new blog design and seriously look into becoming self-hosted. I want to connect with more bloggers. I just really want to see where this blogging thing can take me.

4. Photography

Photography is a hidden passion and hobby of mine. During the busy school year sometimes I would rather just be at home than go out and take pictures. This summer I want to be consistently taking pictures daily/weekly. I also want to get published in a magazine.

5. Read

I love, love, love to read. However, as many college students can likely relate, I don’t get to read what I would like during the school year. Of course being basically an English major I do get to read many novels for class, but Shakespeare isn’t always what I would prefer to read. I have several books on my “To Read” list and I hope to make a good dent in it.

6. Cook/Bake

If I want to be serious about eating Paleo that means I’ll need to be doing more cooking! I decided during my last attempt at Paleo that I wasn’t giving myself enough time to prepare for it. I think Paleo is very doable if you have time to cook. I also enjoy baking and would like to try several healthy recipes that many of my favorite bloggers have come up with.

7. Faith

During this past school year I know I didn’t focus on building and strengthening my faith like I should have. This summer I’ll have a lot of time to myself to work on healing things that haven’t and making God more of the priority that he should be in my life. With student teaching to come in the fall and the question of where I will be going after December, I’ll definitely need to rely on my faith for strength and as a source of direction for my life.

I may have a few more additions to add to this list later on, but for now these are my major goals. I hope everyone is having a marvelous Monday!!

What are some of your goals for the summer? Are you trying anything new?